In the seventh book in Gardner’s regency mystery series, Captain Lacey’s exploration of his childhood home is gripping and the twofold mystery is interesting enough to hold the reader. Lacey himself is as droll as can be; this quality could make him endearing, or alienate the reader. Surprisingly, the female leads play relatively minor roles and could use fleshing out. Fans of the series will love this one.

Retired and recently engaged to a woman far above his station, Captain Gabriel Lacey returns with his fiancée to his boyhood home to solve a mysterious disappearance. Little does he realize his first home holds many secrets and demons that resist coming to light
after all this time. As he spends more time there, the danger escalates, and Lacey’s complicated relationship with underworld criminal James Denis may not be enough to save either of them. (ASHLEY GARDNER, Nov. 2011, 294 pp., $12.00, 9781466466005)

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Victoria Frerichs